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Technology and the over 50’s

  • October 7, 2013
  • By 50 Shades
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I remember when I got my first mobile phone and thought “wow I’m really with it”.  Nowadays it seems most of us 50 somethings have mobile phones and not just your standard Nokia model, but we have smart phones.  We are also buying ourselves E Readers, Tablets, Ipods, Digital Cameras, Laptop Computers and GPS’s.  We are really getting with it and embracing technology with open arms!

However I know a few people that purchase these devices and then don’t know what to do with them.  I have a friend who hardly ever turns her mobile phone on because she thinks she is wasting the battery.  I say to her, “Well what’s the point of having one when you don’t turn the blinking thing on”!  Another friend of mine asked me to give her iPhone lessons as she had no idea how to use it.  These phones don’t come with an instruction manual and I must admit I struggled with mine at first.

My husband became the proud owner of an iPhone recently. He announced to our children that he had managed to ‘make an App’ for his phone.  After they rolled around the floor in laughter for several minutes they said “Boy Dad you are pretty advanced if you already know how to make you own App for your phone”.  What he had meant to say was that he ‘added an App’ to his phone.  Lesson No. 1 You must use the correct techno terminology when referring to your new electronic gadget!

Even worse was my friend’s husband who completely disabled his new iPhone when he was trying to activate it!  It seems that what is ‘easy peasy’ for the younger generation is not so for us technology challenged baby boomers.  I don’t know how many times my own children have wrenched my iPhone out of my hands and said “just let me do it”, rather than have the patience to teach me how to use the device.  Lesson No. 2 Make sure you download an instruction manual or get someone to teach you how to use your new device.

Even my 81 year old Mum had computer lessons a few years back so my brother set up an old computer in her spare room and got her on the internet and set up an email account for her.  I’m still not entirely sure whether she knows how to use it (however she assures me that she sends me emails but for some reason they don’t arrive!)  She asked me one day would the green or red squiggly lines under her words and sentences print out on her word documents when she printed them!  Oh dear! It’s a bit like using liquid paper on your computer screen!

Many of us are also using social media such as Facebook and Twitter or making internet calls on Skype or Viber to keep in contact with our loved ones.  When I first set up a Facebook account many years ago my children were horrified!  They felt I was too old for social media and were too embarrassed to add me as a friend on Facebook!   Anyway 10 years on and I am finally ‘friends’ with my two kids on Facebook as we have discovered that it is a great way of keeping in contact and seeing one another’s photos.

Recently a certain elderly lady I know joined Facebook and decided to tag a photo of herself and her husband.  The funny thing was that because her husband doesn’t have a Facebook account she decided to tag him as someone else with the same name!  I’m sure he would have been impressed when he saw himself tagged as an 82 year old man!  Lesson No. 3 Don’t assume anything as we all know that assume makes an ‘ass of you and me’!

 

 

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By 50 Shades, October 7, 2013 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

2 Comments
  • bmpermieBmpermie
    October 14, 2013

    I think this is a very important topic. As someone who is further long the ageing path than you I have friends who have got lost and confused in the rapid IT changes and one previously ‘game for anything’ friend who comes out in a rash re using her computer. Social media is my path to brain plasticity and to being connected if my body is less able to get me out.
    Someone in mid 70’s said they did not reply to my emails while I was overseas because it would cost him too much.

    • Kathy
      October 14, 2013

      Yes it is an important topic. I think it is great that we baby boomers are embracing technology. Like you say, social media is the path to brain plasticity and being connected. Thank you for reading my blog and I hope you continue to re-visit and find my topics interesting.

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